School of Mathematics

Maths Week Scotland 2021

Maths Week Scotland is a Scottish government initiative, aimed at showing the beauty and creativity of Mathematics all around the country.

Every year we take part in the nationwide initiative Maths Week Scotland through a variety of exciting events and activities aimed at family, childern, teenagers and school teachers. In 2021 Maths Week Scotland is celebrated between the 27th September and the 3rd October. Below is a list of our activities for Maths Week 2021. These include both live online events and resources for teachers and educators to use. 


Live interactive events


Mind Games: Cracking Code in Maths and Languages- development workshop for teachers: Wednesday 29th September 5:00pm-6:00pm

Join Mathematicians and Linguists from the University of Edinburgh and explore what Maths and Languages have in common. During this workshop you will have a go at some of our activities and thus explore the underlying structure or numerical systems of some of the world’s languages. You will have fun constructing short sentences or deciphering inscriptions in unfamiliar languages, based on small hints. We will then explore together how language works... and where maths comes into play. You will hopefully get ideas to take to your classroom and show your students how Maths is everywhere.  For further details and to book a space, please visit the workshop booking page.



Help your Students to Love Maths- panel session- development workshop for teachers: Wednesday 29th September 6:10pm-7:00pm

The panel will include experienced teachers as well as members of Education Scotland and Scotdec. Participants will receive prerecorded material where the panellists share their experience, and provide tips on how to use Maths while teaching other areas of the Curriculum, or while discussing most relevant issues. During the live session you will be able to ask any questions you may have. For further details and to book a space, please visit the session booking page.



Virtual Maths Circle: Saturday 2nd October 10:30-12:00

Althought we are not yet able to run our face to face events, we are still striving to reach out to the community and share our passion for Maths. Our first  online Maths Circle of the new academic year will take place on Saturday 2nd October, with many puzzles and activities, and many students and researchers ready to welcome participants and talk them through the different puzzles. For further information about the event and how to book a space, visit this page.


Resources for teachers and educators


Climate change and Mathematics: resources for S4+

Climate Change is one of the biggest issues that we are currently facing, but did you know that there is actually a lot of maths behind it?  Check out our resources to see some of the number crunching that Climate Scientists do in their fight to save our planet!

The resources include a Powerpoint presentation, together with some notes for teachers and a lesson plan. They can be found on this page.


Have Fun with Maths: resources for primary and secondary schools

We are producing a kit of resources for P5-S3 students, aimed at developing mathematical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as showing the creative and fun side of mathematics. The resources will focus on strategy games and some applications of Maths to transport networks. They will include some videos, a range of puzzles catering different abilities, and a document with tips and advice for teachers who want to use them in the classroom. 

The resources can be found here.


Maths Week at Work: a series of videos for secondary schools

Five Maths graduates working in different sectors explain how they use maths in their jobs, and mention some of the struggles they were facing while studying maths. Then they will present a puzzle which is somehow related to their job.

Check this page for further details, and to watch the videos.


To find out about other activities taking place around Scotland during Maths Week 2019, visit this page.